Requirements for DRB Site Plan

The following information must be submitted. Failure to provide the following information will result in your application being rejected and a delay in the review before the Development Review Board.

Lot drawn to scale (20 feet scale if possible) including the features below:

  • Date
  • North arrow
  • Location and dimensions of property lines and easements
  • Location and dimensions of all structures (labeled "existing" and "proposed") on the lot
  • Physical features (streams, wetlands, vegetative cover etc.)
  • Setback distances of all existing and proposed structures from property lines
  • Locations and dimensions of parking areas, drives and other impervious surfaces
  • Road names and access points to the road(s)
  • Descriptive photos of the property from all possible angles

If determined necessary by the Zoning Administrator, the following should also be included:

  • Survey data (distance and acreage)
  • Location of streets, fire hydrants and fire lanes
  • Existing sidewalks, recreation paths and pedestrian walkways
  • Number and location of parking spaces (including handicapped spaces)
  • Existing or proposed water supply and sewage lines
  • Exterior lighting
  • Dumpster or trash area
  • If restaurant is proposed, provide number of seats and square footage of floor area provided for patron use but not containing fixed seats
  • Loading areas and truck circulation patterns
  • Building elevations and building level floor plans
  • Existing and proposed landscaping
  • Onsite fuel storage (above or below grade)
  • Soil erosion and sediment control plans
  • Storm water system for capture, detention, and drainage

Note: For development in Special Flood Hazard Areas, please refer to additional instructions.

Criteria for Determining a Variance

The following is a list of criteria for approving a variance that must be proven by the applicant. Please respond to each of these criteria in writing so that the Board can determine if the facts support your application for a variance.

  1. There are unique physical circumstances or conditions, including irregularity, narrowness or shallowness of lot size or shape, or exceptional topographical or other physical conditions peculiar to the particular property. These conditions, not the circumstances or conditions generally created by the provisions of these regulations in the district in which the property is located, have created an unnecessary hardship for the applicant:
  2. Those physical circumstances or conditions prevent the property from possibly being developed in strict conformity with these regulations and a variance is necessary to enable reasonable use of the property:
  3. The applicant has not created the unnecessary hardship:
  4. The variance, if authorized, will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood or district in which the property is located, substantially or permanently impair the appropriate use or development of adjacent property, reduce access to renewable energy sources, or be detrimental to the public welfare.
  5. The variance, if authorized, will represent the minimum variance that will afford relief and will represent the least deviation possible from the bylaw and from the plan.